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We host high quality clinically focused events delivered by international experts that change clinical practice 

The Centre for Developmental and Complex Trauma (CDCT) hosts specialist conferencing, workshop, seminar and wider CPD activities for health professionals working in a range of different settings. Our events provide platforms for experts in their respective fields to share evidence of bests practice and to present innovations in the field of mental health.  Our events are often partnered with other charities and professional bodies who are leaders in their respective fields. Our events are primarily designed for health professionals, although they may also be of interests to academics, legal representatives and experts through experiences. St Andrew’s is committed to providing safe and inclusive spaces for its conferences and works hard to ensure that our programmes and speakers reflect these core values.

Current Events & Conferences

Trauma in Secure Care Services Conference: Optimising therapeutic outcomes

Trauma needs are highly prevalent in secure mental health services, and the effective addressal of such needs holds important implications for treatment efficacy and outcomes. Over four symposia, #TNSC2024 brings together discussion from leading practitioners and academics on the topics of assessment and formulation, working with marginalised populations, family and peer interventions, and optimising treatment systems. #TNSC2024

Previous Events & Conferences

2nd International Trauma & Neurodiverse Populations Conference: Meeting the trauma needs of people with intellectual disabilities

People with intellectual disabilities are significantly more likely to be exposed to trauma and adversity across the lifespan, yet they are significantly under represented in trauma frameworks, services and innovations. This event brings together national and international experts to offer a clinically focused programme to inform our understanding of the trauma needs and treatment approaches for this population. This focus, as well as presentations describing  innovations in the trauma field will be of particular use to clinicians and applied researchers. #TNPID2023

4th International Trauma Informed Care Conference : Disentangling the relationship between Complex PTSD & Borderline Personality Disorder

The relationship between trauma and personality disorders is subject to ongoing debate and has implications for the care and support for those impacted by trauma. Making sure that we have the right evidenced based approaches is vital to ensuring we support this population, including those with additional needs. At the same time, it is also vital that staff groups working with these populations are able to access appropriate support and supervision. #TIC2023 brings together leading practitioners and academics in the field to explore the nature of this relationship and the implications for treatment and staff support.

3rd International Moral Injury in occupational settings conference: "Reconnection and repair"

The growing awareness of the importance of moral injury as a framework to describe clinician distress also offers healthcare services potential solutions and interventions to improve the wellbeing of workforces. Equally, as recognition that services themselves play a key role in determining the wellbeing of healthcare workers it is imperative that responses to moral injury have a systemic focus. #MI2023 brings together transatlantic experts to offer a comprehensive programme focused on sharing systemic and organisational solutions to preventing, mitigating and managing moral injury in healthcare and first responder settings.

Trauma & Neurodiverse Populations : Evidence and Innovations

Neurodiverse populations are significantly more likely to be exposed to trauma and adversity across the lifespan, yet they are significantly under represented in trauma frameworks, services and innovations. This event brings together national and international experts to offer a clinically focused programme to inform our understanding of the trauma needs and treatment approaches for this population. This focus, as well as presentations describing innovations in the trauma field will be of particular use to clinicians and applied researchers. #TNDP2022

3rd International Trauma Informed Care In Practice - Trauma frameworks: Evidence base and treatments  29th November 2022

Trauma frameworks continue to grow in prominence and impact. During a period of significant expansion for trauma focused diagnoses and interventions, it is important that clinicians and academics develop clinical practice approaches that apply to the heterogeneous nature of trauma needs and populations. #TIC2022 brings together global experts to offer a comprehensive clinically focused programme to provide clinicians and academics with the latest evidence and guidance to inform clinical practice and service development for the betterment of service users and healthcare workers.

2nd International Moral Injury in Occupational Settings Conference - 22nd March 2022

Moral injury has come to prominence as a framework to address occupational distress in a variety of settings including veteran, police, emergency responders and healthcare workers. The 2nd International Moral Injury Conference brought together applied researchers and clinicians to offer a series of oral papers and live polls exploring Clinically focused discussions exploring the use of concepts relating to moral injury in the workplace as they relate to service users and professionals.

2nd International Trauma Informed Care in Practice : Interventions to reduce core and comorbid trauma symptoms - 9th November 2021

The lifetime impact of trauma and the need for services to adopt more holistic approaches to trauma informed care is becoming increasingly understood.  As our knowledge of the sequela of trauma grows, including the impact on support systems, so does the need to develop services that can meet the wide ranging care needs of those who have been exposed to trauma.

Diversity, Deaf people & Mental Health - 29th June 2021

Jointly hosted by the British Society for Mental Health and Deafness (BSMHD) and St Andrew’s Healthcare, this conference brought together leading practitioners and researchers in the field to explore positive practice and research developments.

Mental Capacity Act ‘Good Practice Guidance’ Conference - 27th April 2021

Conforming to good practice guidance for the MCA and working with people with complex mental health and neurodevelopmental needs can be challenging. The Academic Centre, St Andrew’s Healthcare, will be hosting a one day conference to support clinicians to develop clinical practice skills.

Working with Moral Injury in Healthcare Settings - 9th February 2021

In February 2021 St Andrew’s Healthcare and the British Psychological Society jointly hosted a one day conference to bring together health professionals and the leading researchers in this field to explore conceptual and clinical issues relating to Moral InjuryMI 21 Slide images Twitter 4

Trauma informed care in practice: Whole service approaches to working with complex trauma 19th November 2020

The trauma informed care in practice conference brought together senior practitioners and researchers in the field in the UK to offer keynote oral presentations. The event focussed on developing clinical practice for people who have experienced complex and multiple traumas and also the services that support them.